About Debra:

In high school, before organizing was established as a profession, Debra started organizing for her neighbors.  During college she was sought out for her organizing skills, but it wasn’t until 3 years into graduate school that she decided to try it out full-time.  

A love of helping others and a passion for setting up efficient and organized spaces together drew her to the work.  With a background in psychology, she views organizing to be about much more than the “stuff,” but about creating environments where people flourish.  Her coaching practice grew organically out of her organizing work, and in 2009 she completed a 116 hour training with the Coaches Training Institute and began a life coaching practice specializing in working with people with ADHD. 

Debra’s travels have had a lasting impact on her ideas about organizing and living simply.  She studied in Europe for two years, and during college she spent 4 months traveling on her own throughout India.  After Hurricane Katrina, she spent a month volunteering in New Orleans.

Debra is the author of numerous articles on organizing as the former “Her Home” columnist with For Her Information Magazine.  She has been featured on the TV show by the same name, and her work has been covered on NBC News, organizing news anchor Don Lemon’s home (Lemon has since moved to CNN).

She received an M.A. from the University of Chicago, has completed the course work for a Ph.D., and holds a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.  She continues coach training through conference attendance and ongoing educational workshops.

Debra is an avid animal and nature enthusiast.  She is an active volunteer with environmental organizations, and has in the past volunteered with hospice, animal rescue, and other non-profit organizations. 



Completed 116 hour training with the Coaches Training Institute

2004 M.A., The University of Chicago

1999 B.A., Psychology & Women’s Studies, Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)


Featured on NBC News with Don Lemon

Member: National Association of Prof. Organizers

Professional Member:  CHADD (Children & Adults with ADHD)

Home    Services     About     Contact

Debra Michaud, M.A.


© Debra Michaud 2011.  All Rights Reserved.